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Called Meeting of the Strawberry Baptist Association
Sunday, July 14, 2013, 3 p.m., Bedford Baptist Church
(Names of Messengers needed by Monday, July 8.)

At the called meeting of the Leadership Team on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, the Leadership Team approved, with a vote of 9 in favor and 3 opposed, the following motion by the Administrative team: After consideration and prayer we move that the Leadership Team of the Strawberry Baptist Association recommend the SBA accept an offer of $125,000 for the currently owned condominium unit at 163 West Main Street, Bedford.

A second motion, The Leadership Team recommends that we enter into a 3-5 year lease of a rental office in the Oak Tree Business Center located on 460 W across from Updike Funeral Home at a price not to exceed $450 per month, passed with a vote of 10 affirmative and 2 opposed.

On May 29, a memo went out to pastors, clerks, and lay members of the Leadership Team advising them of a called meeting to discuss and vote on the two recommendations. According to the Bylaws, Article 1: Meetings, No unrelated matters of business may be considered at a called meeting except the business stated as the purpose of the meeting.

Listed below is the number of elected messengers to which each church is entitled for 2013: Beaverdam-4; Bedford-8; Bethel-2; Bethlehem-2; Big Island-2; Diamond Hill-2; Flint Hill-6; Glade Creek-2; Hunting Creek-4; Mentow-6; Morgans-4; Mount Hermon-4; Mount Olivet-4; Mount Zion-2; Mountain View-2; Norwood-3; Palestine-6; Pecks-2; Quaker-2; Rainbow Forest-2; Sedalia-2; Shady Grove-2; Suck Spring-4; Thaxton-2; Timber Ridge-4; Trinity-5; Walnut Grove-2.

The following letter from Moderator, Rev. David Timma, accompanied the notice:

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

The Leadership team of the Strawberry Baptist Association has voted to bring a recommendation to the body that we sell our condominium and rent an office. Any change that is made in any church or association often faces the issue ‘why change?’ Questioning change is a good thing, but if ‘change’ is the only issue at stake, the rebuttal can be a simple ‘why not?’—and ultimately that doesn’t help any of us.

The real issue at stake here and elsewhere should not be these questions, or even what do we think is best or wise or a good investment or what do we want. The issue that ought to be raised is what do we see as the most honoring to God. The unity of the church (or association) is never to be found in you agreeing with me or me with you. It is in our agreeing with God. God is our unity and every decision we make should be about God's glory. EVERY other component of a decision is up for grabs. The Bible is full of incidents where God led His people into harm’s way, put them in financial destitution, allowed them to suffer, and sent them against their own wisdom. But God has done such things every time to His glory and the deliverance of His people not by their means, but by God’s strength. Our prayer as an association ought to be, “God, glorify yourself through our obedience.” It is not our finances and wisdom and strength God wants—it is our obedience and love.

The recommendation that is being presented is done so because we want God to be glorified—not by our strength and wisdom, but by our eagerness to pursue our Lord in unity. Our desire is to see God’s power at work in and through our association. To that end we seek your prayer on this recommendation. How can we best be Christ-like and see Him most glorified?

We will meet on Sunday, July 14, 2013, 3 p.m., at Bedford Baptist Church, to discuss and vote. It is my prayer that we spend the intervening weeks not seeking our ends, but praying as Jesus taught his disciples “Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” In a world where godlessness is rampant let us show a unity in Christ through our love for one another and our passion for His will.

Focus on our Family

Rev. Curtis Nester is serving as Interim Pastor at Bethlehem. In the early 1980s, he pastored Glade Creek BC. He retired from Mountain View BC at Catawba, and is a member at Halesford.

Flint Hill has called Luke Overstreet as Summer Youth Minister. A member of Vinton Baptist Church, Luke is a graduate of Carson Newman College and will be attending McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, beginning August 2013.

Rev. John Boyles (along with his wife Bonnie) is serving as Supply Pastor at Mount Hermon.

Dr. Kevin King is serving as Transitional Pastor at Palestine. He is Associate Professor of Homiletics and Historical Theology at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Two by Two Zoo Cruise

Registration Deadline is Monday, July 8

Click here for Registration Form or see your Pastor/Music Leader.

Click here for Medical Release Form or see your Pastor/Music Leader.

“Finding Faith”

You’re invited to a screening of
“Finding Faith”
Bedford Baptist Church
Saturday, July 6, 2013, 6-8 p.m.
(Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

This family friendly film is a full-length narrative motion picture that tells the story of how a family found ‘Faith’ in their battle to find and rescue their fourteen-year old daughter ‘Faith’ who falls victim to an online predator. The film is based on a compilation of actual events as well as observations from experts. It will awaken parents, educators, and concerned citizens to how our children are being targeted!

“Finding Faith” highlights the edge-of-your seat efforts of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force to rescue children from predators, often right before these children come to great harm. Even the tightest families and most guarded parents often cannot stop predators who have perfected their evil trade.

A love offering will be taken.

The church will also be hosting the star of the film, Erik Estrada, best know for his role in the TV series CHIPS. Estrada’s credits include a long list of movies, television shows, and reality programs.

Following the film, the church will host a reception at which you will have an opportunity to meet Estrada and get autographs and pictures with him.


July 6 Wade Locy (Thaxton)
July 8 Ed Greer (Retired)
July 23 Harry Leland (Shady Grove)
July 31 Esther Woodford (SBA)
Aug 29 Marc Reynolds (Mount Olivet)

Click for July Calendar

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Lois Stevens, WMU Director
1118 Round Tree Dr., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540.586.7409

Women on Mission : Radford will lead weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in July; Quaker will lead them in August. Radford will host the July birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Morgans will host it in August.

Quilting Camp Worker’s Meeting

Tuesday, July 9, 9 a.m.

Rebekah Overstreet’s home

Beginner Quilting Camp

(Ages 8 & up)

Monday–Friday, August 5-9, 2013, 1-4 p.m.

Bedford Baptist Church

Registration fee is $15; deadline to register is Monday, July 8. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, contact Rebekah Overstreet at 540.586.2956 or

4th Annual Ministers/Spouses Dinner

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 6 p.m.

Care provided for children up to 12 years of age.

Church WMU Directors: To access the Church Missions Mailing List (due to WMUV by August 1) as well as the Annual Report of the Church Director to the Associational WMU Director (due by September 1 or at church year end), go to and-cultures/church-directors/. (The Church Missions Mailing List can be filled in on your computer, saved as a file, and then attached to an email.) If you don’t have computer access, you may pick up copies of both forms at the Associational Office.

Our SBA churches are invited to minister to the thousands who will attend Bedford City’s CenterFest Street Festival on Saturday, September 28, 2013. In our Lord’s name we pass out complimentary water/lemonade to all who visit our booth. We also provide a Baby Care Station which offers moms and dads a convenient and clean place to care for the needs of their small children. Some volunteers prefer prayer walking. If you have other ideas for sharing God’s love in this venue, contact Rita Calhoun at 540.297.5271 or email Our time slots are being filled now—call to reserve your time.
(Three to five people are needed for each hour.)

10:00-11:00 a.m. ........................ Mt. Zion
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon ................. Flint Hill
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. ....................... Open
1:00-2:00 p.m. ................................ Open
2:00-3:00 p.m. ................................ Open
3:00-4:00 p.m. ................................ Open
4:00-5:00 p.m. ................................ Open
5:00-6:00 p.m. ................................ Open

Wedding Anniversaries

Aug 7 David & Suzann Timma (Quaker)
Aug 7 Vernon & Wanda DeLong (Trinity)
Aug 17 David & Donna Henderson (Bedford)
Aug 19 Dennis & Mary Moore (Retired)
Aug 20 Ed & Nancy Greer (Retired)
Aug 26 Mike & Edith Grooms (Rainbow Forest)

SBA’s Vision Statement: Due to our common faith in Jesus Christ and His body, the Church, we Commit ourselves to Connecting with one another for Coordinating the missions and ministries of our member churches and Communicating opportunities to partner together to fulfil the Great Commission and Great Commandment.

A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to everyone.

—Martin Luther (1483-1546)

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